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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head
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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

The world's fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcases a three-dimensionally printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.

Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities
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Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities

The University of Wyoming's Pejman Tahmasebi and Tao Bai have invented a machine learning model that boosts the accuracy of earthquake detection.

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars
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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

The cars, packed with self-driving technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end.

Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome
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Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome

A new model shows the X chromosome inactivation process, paving the way for drug treatments for gene-based disorders and diseases.

NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects
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NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects

Researchers have developed a sensitive model for detecting and counting transistor defects.

Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together
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Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together

Stanford University scientists engineered virtual artificial intelligences performing tasks in simulated environments to mimic the evolution of mind and body.

A New Link to an Old Model Could Crack the Mystery of Deep Learning
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A New Link to an Old Model Could Crack the Mystery of Deep Learning

To help them explain the shocking success of deep neural networks, researchers are turning to older but better-understood models of machine learning.

Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

Researchers Use AR to See Radiation Defects in Nuclear Reactors
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Researchers Use AR to See Radiation Defects in Nuclear Reactors

A machine learning platform uses augmented reality to detect and quantify radiation-induced defects in parts and testing materials in nuclear reactors.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging
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Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging

University of Arizona engineers have developed personalized biosymbiotic devices that can operate without recharging.

Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones
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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones

Vendor-customized Android variants transmit significant amounts of data from mobile phones to the operating system developer and third parties.

Edge Computing: The Architecture of the Future
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Edge Computing: The Architecture of the Future

To fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- next to IoT devices that collect data from the real...

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

County DA Pilots Race-Blind Charging Algorithm
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County DA Pilots Race-Blind Charging Algorithm

The Yolo County, CA, District Attorney's Office incorporated a redaction algorithm into its digital case management system to analyze racial bias in charging decisions...

ML Helps Reveal Cells' Inner Structures in Detail
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ML Helps Reveal Cells' Inner Structures in Detail

Researchers combined electron microscopy with machine learning to identify structures within cells.
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